Rugby: Lasswade lucky to move up league despite defeat

Close play between Lasswade and Murrayfield Wanderers
Close play between Lasswade and Murrayfield Wanderers

In just one respect, this was not as bad as last week’s pummelling in Hawick - Lasswade held on to a loser’s bonus point.

It was, however, a home game against a team that up till then had lost five games and failed to field a side for the sixth fixture and so was on minus 1 in terms of league points.

From the outset, Murrayfield did not appear to know that they were the underdogs.

It took 16 minutes for Lasswade to open the scoring when Billingham finished off a series of mauls and rucks to touch down under the posts for an easy Forrester conversion.

The visitors bounced back from the restart and had the home side so much on the back foot that they levelled the score five minutes later through flanker, Walker, and the two points from Rhodes.

Lasswade soon retaliated and Gray found a good angle to break though the defenders’ line and set up Hall for a short sprint to the corner.

The hosts dominated the next 10 minutes with Dougie Hearn leading the way and establishing his claim to their man of the match.

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